Warner Bros Pursuing Ben Affleck to Direct a 'Justice League' Movie?
I knew we'd hear something about this sometime soon, but I didn't realize it would be this soon! And this kind of name! Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros has "approached" Ben Affleck to direct their in development Justice League movie, which got kicked into high gear after The Avengers broke box office records. Affleck went from actor to director a few years ago, and is currently finishing up Argo for Warner Bros, where he also made The Town, so they've worked with him quite a bit already. He's not signed on and is "the only candidate who's been sent Will Beall's Justice League script", but he's the first big name to land.
Warner Bros kick started development on Justice League back in early June earlier this summer by hiring Will Beall, of Gangster Squad, to start writing a new script. Variety says that "Justice League is expected to bring together marquee [DC Comics] characters Batman and Superman, as well as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Affleck has made it clear that he’s only interested in directing films in which he also stars." So, if he gets the job, he may be playing someone in it, which makes things even more interesting to consider. Which one? Who? Is Batman even going to be in this? Are they going to replace Bats and Supes with other actors? Who knows. All we know now is that Ben Affleck is one of the names they're considering and that even if he gets the job, we probably still won't see this until 2015 anyway. Is Ben a good choice?
Update: Interesting development. Deadline's Mike Fleming claims this is all bullshit. "I’m calling bullshit on this big Variety scoop today… This is a story I checked out days ago, and didn’t run when Affleck’s reps stated that it was not going to happen with him." Okay, so what is this all about? Here's the only leeway he gives: "Just because the studio wants Affleck doesn’t mean he will do the movie, and several sources tell me he might take a meeting, but that’s it." So, there's a chance anything could happen, but only time will tell.